EastEnders' Kellie Bright pregnant with third baby after IVF journey

Katie Archer
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 10: Kellie Bright attends the TRIC Awards 2020 at The Grosvenor House Hotel on March 10, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Kellie Bright is pregnant. (Karwai Tang/WireImage)

EastEnders star Kellie Bright has announced her third pregnancy at the age of 44, after a "last chance" IVF treatment.

Bright, who plays Linda Carter in the BBC soap, revealed that lockdown had been the deciding factor in going for a third baby after sons Freddy, nine, and Gene, four.

She told OK! magazine that she had still had three frozen embryos from IVF treatment to conceive Gene, and then had two failed attempts at implanting one before becoming pregnant with the final embryo.

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Kellie Bright and Danny Dyer stayed two metres apart when they met up on the 'EastEnders' set. (BBC)
Kellie Bright stars with Danny Dyer in EastEnders. (BBC)

Bright said: "I had such an emotional attachment to those embryos. I know they’re cells but they have the potential to be another Gene! I couldn’t let it go. Eventually, we decided to go ahead at the end of 2019... and then COVID-19 happened.

"I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. 

"Suddenly, [husband] Paul and I were having conversations about not having more kids. Everything felt so uncertain. But by the end of the first lockdown, we did a complete 180. 

"Having that precious time at home with our boys, doing simple things, we knew we had to try to make it happen."

The actor said she and husband Paul Stocker had spent a couple of years trying to decide whether to have a third child, and that they had decided against a small gap between Gene and a new baby because of her busy soap role.

LONDON, -, UNITED KINGDOM - 2019/01/22: Kellie Bright seen on the red carpet during the National Television Awards at the O2, Peninsula Square in London. (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
Kellie Bright already has two sons. (Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Bright said it was an emotional moment when she got a positive pregnancy test result after having two failed rounds of IVF with the first two of the three frozen embryos.

"I knew it was my last chance, so the fact it was a positive was so unbelievably wonderful," she said. "A truly wonderful, crazy life moment."

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Bright's new baby is due in August, when she will be 45, and she said she had shared the news with co-star Lacey Turner early on as the actor who plays Stacey Slater was also pregnant at the same time.

Turner recently welcomed her second child, a son called Trilby Fox.

Watch: EastEnders' Lacey Turner has given birth to a baby boy